A VERY neat Saturday story…Read and smile

Eglin Joint Base Command located near Ft. Walton, Florida, is presently the largest Military Complex in the world and encompasses a large contingent of Air Force units, Naval Warfare units, and the 7th Army Special Forces and 6th Army Rangers.

My home is exactly 5 miles outside the main gate of Eglin AFB.

Most folks in the USA don’t live in a Military Town, with lots of guys in uniform walking the streets and jets overhead daily.  They go on with their lives unaware of what a Military Town is all about.  And that’s OK… but I want to share with you what it’s like to live in a Military Town.  We see guys in uniform all the time, we have state of the art, high-performance aircraft in the air nearby all day long.  We hear the SOUND OF FREEDOM when an F-22 or F-35 streaks over the house… and we read in the local paper, some times daily, but at least weekly, of the loss of one of our own in combat in the Middle East.

And that is what brings me to the reason for this email.

Staff Sergeant Mark DeAlencar was 37 years old, had a family and was a Green Beret with the 7th Army Special Forces stationed here in the Fort Walton area.  He was killed on April 8, 2018, while fighting Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan.  In January of this year, he was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan.  He promised his adopted daughter, Octavia, that he would be home for her High School Graduation.  He didn’t make it.  But she went to graduation anyway.  And in the audience were eighty (80) US 7th Armed Special Forces soldiers from her dad’s unit in full Parade Dress Uniform.  Additionally, they brought THEIR FAMILIES to be with them, as well.

And as Octavia ascended the steps to the stage to receive her diploma THEY ALL SILENTLY STOOD UP.  And when she was presented her diploma they ALL CHEERED, CLAPPED, WHISTLED… and YES, CRIED.  Everyone in attendance then stood up and cried and cheered.  Octavia had graduated and yes she had lost her Dad… but she had 80 other DADS to stand there with her and take his place.  I just wanted to share this moment with you… and remind you that THIS IS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE IN A MILITARY TOWN. 

This is the real America we all love… and I’m proud to be part of it.  May God bless our men in uniform and their families who give so much.

Amazing, wonderful story that there are so many Americans who don’t attend Anti-Fa protests, who don’t hate cops or the military, who aren’t selfish but are loving and giving.

God Bless America.

Z

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8 Responses to A VERY neat Saturday story…Read and smile

  1. bocopro says:

    The naval bases here in Pensacola play the national anthem every day at morning colors (raising the flag) and blow “Retreat” on the PA system at evening colors (taking the flag down at sundown).

    If you’re on base, you’ll notice that all traffic, vehicular and foot, stops as soon as “Attention” sounds on the speakers. People stop what they’re doing and stand at attention until “Carry On” sounds, facing either the flag (if it’s visibie) or the source of the music.

    My house is about 300 yards from the back gate of the Naval Technical Training Center, and the sounds of the PA system carry at least half a mile or so beyond the perimeter.

    You’ll see guys out in their yards stop what they’re doing and stand quietly as the anthem plays or the bugle sounds.

    Also, I never lock my vehicle when I go to the Navy Exchange or Commissary. Even leave the windows open if there’s no chance of rain.

    One thing I DON’T get, tho, is how squads of young people doing calisthenics or jogging at 0500 get any positive physical benefit from yelling and grunting while people on the other side of the fence and patients in the Navy Hospital are still tryin to sleep.

    Glad they’re stayin in shape, and I’m not bothered since I’m already up and about at that time, but I really don’t believe I’d like to be awakened by a mob of people bellowing and chanting just across the street. Kinda inconsiderate . . . if not downright rude.

    Still . . . whole lot better’n livin in South Chicago or West Baltimore or East L.A., I reckon.

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  2. bunkerville says:

    Beautiful Z..and a reminder less we forget. Brought a tear to the old eyeball.

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  3. Sparky says:

    This made me tear up also. Thanks for sharing that I am not alone in loving my country. Sure it’s not perfect, only Christ is, but I’m still proud of what we as a Nation have accomplished and still do every day. When there’s a problem somewhere in the world, we’re ALWAYS the first (sometimes the only) people with open checkbooks, hearts and shed blood to help. May God bless our men and women in uniform and our Country!

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  4. geeez2014 says:

    Wait till you see Omarosa’s EGO in this video, folks; YOU WILL REALLY UNDERSTAND THIS AWFUL WOMAN EVEN BETTER THAN YOU DO…

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  5. Kid says:

    Very nice to read such a story of American and most especially Americans.

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  6. Mal says:

    We live in one of Del Webb’s “Sun Cities” that is located about 8 miles west of Nellis AFB in N. Las Vegas and continually hear the roar of jet fighters in pairs or fours roaring overhead. We laughingly say “there goes Maverick & Goose” (Top Gun). About once a year they have a joint military exercise that includes personnel from allied countries participating and the roar continues from sun up till past dark. We see a lot of them in our shops, stores, and restaurants, too. We love ’em all.

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  7. Baysider says:

    This interview is shocking. I don’t know Williams, but I know she has a long running show. There is a certain decorum in being a guest, right?

    Very touching post. It’s a solidarity the left only comes close to achieving in anger.

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  8. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider said “It’s a solidarity the left only comes close to achieving in anger.” That is one of THE MOST PROFOUND THINGS anybody’s ever said here….and I’ve had some GREAT comments from my buddies here…. Well said. Very sad.
    And yes, imagine treating your hostess like THIS, let alone ANYBODY?

    Anybody think Omorosa was the perfect WH employee, friendly, self-sacrificing…after THIS? !!!!!!

    GOOD TO HEAR ALL THE STORIES ABOVE THAT ARE IN THE REALM OF MY POST…..BOCOPRO, MAL, THANKS.

    I THINK THIS IS JUST EXTRA SPECIAL…TO BRING ALL THEIR FAMILIES TO SUPPORT THIS GIRL BLEW MY MIND.

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